Earnhardt was cutting into the lead, eventually catching the No. 5 Kellogg's Monte Carlo on the final lap.With very little option to perhaps "steal" a victory, Earnhardt exercised his right to mash his front fender into Labonte off the final corners As the checkered flag flew, mayhem ensued with the No. 5 car crashing head on into the frontstretch wall after a tap from the Goodwrench machine that sent him into the No. Reportedly, Wallace threw a bottle at Earnhardt during their post-race argument, incensed over an aggressive move executed so early in the race.Four years later, Labonte was once again on the receiving end of Earnhardt's last lap tactics.
5 machine made a bee-line to the front, overtaking the likes of Jimmy Spencer, Ricky Rudd, Mark Martin, Gordon, and Stewart to find himself in position to take the win away from Earnhardt.Making slight contact with the Goodwrench car, Labonte used the "bump-and-go" move on Earnhardt between turns three and four to take the lead with a lap remaining when you can probably guess what happened next.It was that race in which those famous words were uttered by the seven-time Cup champion from Victory Lane following a controversial final lap.Deciding to play fair game with Labonte on the last lap, Earnhardt tapped him out of the way between turns one and two to not only take the lead, but in the process, wrecking the Kellogg's Chevy into Stewart and Rudd out of the event.When interviewed in Victory Lane by ESPN's Dr. Jerry Punch, the grizzled veteran said, "I didn't mean to really turn him around, I meant to rattle his cage a little."As much of an unpopular victory it was for Earnhardt on those two races at Bristol, the gritty racer had his moment of glory and completion in the Feb. 15th running of the 1998 Daytona 500.If ever there had to be a perfect way to kickstart NASCAR's 50th season, the John Elway of stock car racing had to win the Super Bowl of stock car auto racing at the Daytona International Speedway.Just a few weeks before the 40th running of "The Great American Race," Elway led his Denver Broncos to a dramatic victory against the defending Bowl champions in the Green Bay Packers, finally capturing that elusive ring and his throne as one of the greatest quarterbacks and players of the NFL.Perhaps inspired by the longtime football icon's finest moment, Earnhardt was on a mission to win that elusive race title. As if the racing gods decided to align everything in unison, only a few drivers really stood a chance at challenging the popular racer.Leading 107 of the 200 laps, it was about one of the most dominant car ever driven by Earnhardt, whose Goodwrench machine was nearly unbeatable.Contenders fell by the wayside late in the going, including Gordon, who dropped a cylinder with four laps to go, as well as Spencer, who made contact with the wall coming into the tri-oval of the frontstretch.Even more of a blessing to Earnhardt's path to victory was a late-race spin involving John Andretti and Lake Speed, essentially ensuring a win that left any driver's fanbase in tears.It was certainly one of the more emotional moments in NASCAR's storied history for a man who had dominated and feasted on his competition.
Despite his dark persona as a tough customer and veteran, fans witnessed a human side to "The Man in Black."Every member of his competitor's pit crew lined up on pit road to congratulate and hand salute their fellow driver on arguably his greatest moment as a racer, capturing the whale that Captain Ahab came painstakingly close to capturing on those wild seas.Even though it was a moment from 11 years ago, it is one of the most poignant pictures and videos of a fan's memories. Earnhardt also flung his Chevy on the frontstretch grass, doing a bit of agricultural burnout action before he entered the hallowed grounds of the winner's circle to hoist that trophy that he had finally earned after 19 attempts.Perhaps even equally as memorable was when Earnhardt, interviewed by CBS Sports' Ken Squier, exclaimed to the millions of fans at home that, "We won it, we won it, we won it!"To me, it was the moment in which, even as a young fan at that time, I felt a tremendous amount of respect for a legend who is truly missed in today's world of NASCAR. It says a lot to have your competitors congratulate you one-by-one and let you soak in such a victorious moment that still gets discussed today.Memories never fade away, although the racing world lost the legend himself in 2001 at the same facility he experienced many of his greatest moments.Eight years later, the NASCAR world is still remembering Dale Earnhardt, whose legacy and place in racing history will never be forgotten by any motorsports fan across the world.With son Dale Junior competing with the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy and the teams he raced with still going at it after all these years, there's no mistake that Earnhardt's name and presence will always be felt despite the passage of time.And for nearly 25 years, we were treated and entertained by a man who gave all behind the wheel of those tough stock cars at America's finest facilities.Thanks, Dale.. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of commonly prescribed forms of postmenopausal hormone therapy may slightly accelerate the loss of brain tissue in women aged 65 and older beyond what normally occurs with age, new research suggests. Initial results of the WHIMS indicated that treatment with estrogen, with or without progesterone, increased the risk of dementia and overall cognitive decline in women 65 years of age or older.Imaging studies conducted approximately 8 years after the study began on roughly 1400 of the original participants showed that women who had taken hormone therapy had slightly smaller brain volumes in two critical areas of the brain: the frontal lobe and the hippocampus. Both areas are involved in thinking and memory skills, and loss of volume in the hippocampus is a risk factor for dementia.The average frontal lobe volume was smaller by an average of 2.37 cubic centimeters in women treated with hormone therapy compared with women treated with placebo.
The average volume of the hippocampus was 0.10 cubic centimeters smaller. However, the difference in total brain volume was not statistical significant."Our findings suggest one possible explanation for the increased risk for dementia in older women who had previously taken post-menopausal hormone therapy in the Women's Health Initiative Memory Study," said study chief Dr Susan M. Resnick, at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore."Our findings suggest that hormone therapy in older post-menopausal women has a negative effect on brain structures important in maintaining normal memory functioning. However, this negative effect was most pronounced in women who already may have had some memory problems before using hormone therapy, suggesting that the therapy may have accelerated a neurodegenerative disease process that had already begun," Resnick said.In a separate analysis, the WHIMS group, led by Dr Laura H.